59 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

59 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
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Eger, Hungary
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
State Tretyakov Gallery and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, and admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip maker tool.

Toledo, USA to Moscow is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toledo to Moscow due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toledo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Moscow: temperatures range from 2°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, identify plant and animal life at Natural Reserve Zapadny Kotlin, see the interesting displays at Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Helsinki, Finland

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary builder.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. March in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Stockholm, Sweden

— 5 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vasa Museum and Stockholm Old Town. When in Stockholm, make a side trip to see Gardsjo Algpark in Heby, approximately Heby away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, and get a dose of the wild on The Green Trails.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm holiday planning site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm is minus 1 hour. March in Stockholm sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Popular historic sites such as Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Swarovski Kristallwelten and Schloss Hellbrunn. Venture out of the city with trips to Filzalmsee (in Brixen im Thale), Pfarramt Soll (in Soll) and Alpenhaus am Kitzbueheler Horn (in Kitzbuhel). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Salzburg takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in March, with highs in Salzburg at 12°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 6 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Visit Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Stephen's Cathedral and The Hofburg. Take a break from Vienna with a short trip to Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste in Mannersdorf am Leithagebirge, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Eger.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Eger, Hungary

— 1 night

Hungarian Rome

Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): Head underground at Valley of the Beautiful Women, see the interesting displays at Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minorita Templom, and finally step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Eger day trip planning website.

You can drive from Vienna to Eger in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Eger

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Museum of Applied Arts. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest attractions planner.

You can drive from Eger to Budapest in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then examine the collection at National Museum of History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sofia visit planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Sofia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Sofia. In April, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 night
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community, take an in-depth tour of Ceausescu Mansion, then learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and finally contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Bucharest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Historic Sites

Goreme, Turkey

— 4 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Goreme National Park and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Goreme Open-Air Museum. There's much more to do: head off-road at local off-road trails, stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, identify plant and animal life at Damsa Baraji, and step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bucharest to Goreme in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucharest to Goreme, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the striking landscape of Bentler Tabiat Parki, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 9°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Isfahan, Iran

— 1 night

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, explore the historical opulence of Ali Qapu Palace, then explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Vank Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isfahan online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Isfahan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Isfahan is 0.5 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Isfahan, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums

Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and DMZ Haemaru Village. Visit Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Hwaseong Fortress about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, walk around Namsan Park, admire the masterpieces at Seoul Arts Center, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Korea.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Isfahan to Seoul in 21.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 5.5 hours. When traveling from Isfahan in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 1 night
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 22nd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Bokcheon Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Busan Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsegae Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Busan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Asahiyaki (in Uji) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, stop by Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: stop by Odaiba District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.